Tillis, who isn't running for re-election, said offering tax incentives to some isn't fair to all companies and that Putnam County already has lower taxes than surrounding counties.
"Our schools are some of the best in the state, if not No. 1," he said, referring to why businesses should want to locate in Putnam. "I don't think we should just hand out these [PILOT deals]."
And handing out tax breaks for businesses shouldn't be discussed behind closed doors, he said.
"Since I've been here, I haven't voted for a PILOT project," Tillis said.
He explained that the only one he would have approved and was justified had been given to the Toyota plant in Buffalo. That's before he was elected commissioner.
"We got a $25 million bridge out of it," he said, referring to the bridge connecting U.S. 35 to Buffalo, which the state paid for.
In July, with a 2-1 vote, commissioners approved a PILOT deal for Ludowici LLC, an Australian company that purchased land in the Putnam Business Park.
Ludowici received a 20 percent tax deduction on real property for 20 years with the understanding that they'd bring at least 70 jobs.
On Tuesday, Walton reported the company would hire 100 workers and has room to expand.
In other business, the West Virginia Development Office has received the county's grant application to help secure funding to bring water to residents in Manila Ridge, according to Tillis.
Putnam's application was among 60 others. All the applications requested no less than $1 million apiece, he said.
"They did say ours was one of the better applications," said Tillis, who also noted that the county has money set aside to add to a grant, which might give an advantage.
Commissioners have been trying to find ways to fund the water extension project after West Virginia American Water pulled out last year.
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